The LGBTQ community is a segment of human population, not a “special interest group.”
It is a community that has been historically persecuted, which continues to this day in many countries. This persecution, including open aggression and violence has often been driven by the anti-homosexual writings contained in the holy books of the three Abrahamic religions (a massive debate unto itself).
I believe that, in the main, the LGBTQ community is simply looking for fair and respectful treatment, not special privilege, treatment or exclusivity.
Ms./Mrs. Vander Horst points to the rainbow flag as a symbol of exclusion, an opinion she is entitled to. I disagree. (By the way, no flag is truly necessary, and the rainbow “belongs” to no one.
Glenn Milbradt, Langley